Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
There’s a new social networking site that brings a little Ajax into the mix and tries to link up beer drinkers (and their favorite places to go) – Coastr.com
Coastr is an experiment in social networking for beer snobs (meant as a compliment, of course!). The basic idea is for you to create a list of your favorite beers, and to connect you with other people with similar tastes. And those connections will help you discover interesting new brews that you might have not known about before. “Social beermarking”, if you will.
The site lists out four different things on the main page – recently added beers, most popular beers, recently added places, and most popular places. The whole site has that “Web 2.0″ feel to it, and Ajax is used to enhance the site, rather than the “use it anyplace we can” methodology. Once you’ve logged in, you can add beers and places of your own. When adding the beers, they use a “Google Suggest” kind of box to help you narrow things down, and in the “Add a place” area, they link it up with the geocoder.us/Yahoo! Local mapping to find the best matches for the location you entered. This data is all used later on when you select the “Places to Drink Beer” link from the top. A Google Map is shown, and you can spotlight the city of your choice (provided that there are entries from there) to see what spots others have reviewed in your area.
Coastr.com seems like it’s off to a good start, it just needs some community involvement behind it. Toss in a few more features, maybe an open API (similar to del.icio.us) and you just might be on to something…
Posted by Chris Cornutt at 1:54 pm